Day: 7 June 2002
Northern Ireland cutting wastes being sent to Scotland
A U-turn decision from Ballymena Council in Northern Island this week will see the end to dumping thousands of tonnes of waste in Scottish landfill sites. Since February 2002, the council has been sending 400 tonnes of waste each week to Lendalfoot in Ayrshire. The annual £500,000 contract has been cancelled.
China pledges to clamp down on electronic waste
The Chinese Government has announced that it is to clamp down on the import of electronic waste from the US, following a campaign by western environmental groups against the situation where poor Chinese villagers are employed to dismantle waste electronic equipment with no protection against their hazardous chemicals or components.
Railway use increasing at faster rate than car use
New figures released from the government have revealed an increase in car use of 7% over the last five years, while in that time the number of rail journeys has increased by a substantial 25%. Use of light railways has increased by an even greater 36%, while the number of bus journeys being made nationally remains unchanged compared to 1997.
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